Here’s some Video of Batalá All Female Drum Band Last Night at Library of Congress

Batalá Washington is one of the more than 30 Batalá percussion ensembles that make up the international organization Mundo Batalá. It is one of two all female bands. According to its website, Batalá Washington seeks to empower women through drumming and expose people to Brazil’s Afro-Bahian culture and Samba Reggae music.

Batalá All Female Drum Band Performs Last Night at Library of Congress:  Video

by Larry Janezich

Last night Batalá DC performed on the North Lawn of the Library of Congress.  The performance was the first in the partnership of Washington Performing Arts with the Library of Congress which will continue on Thursday nights through August 16 in conjunction with the LOC Summer Movies on the Lawn series which showcases iconic films from the Library’s National Film Registry.  There will be no film associated with the concert on August 23 by DuPont Brass and VeVe & Tha Rebels.  Concerts start at 7:00pm followed by the film at sundown.

Tickets for the concert are available, but not required.  See here for information on the artists and registration.

Tickets for the screenings are available, but not required, on a first-come, first-served basis.  See here:

The schedule for the remainder of the performances is as follows:

July 26:  Chelsey Green followed by “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” (1994 National Film Registry)

August 2:  Cheick Hamala Diabate  followed by “Back to the Future” (2007 National Film Registry)

August 9:  Trifilio Tango Trio   “Superman” (1978) (2017 National Film Registry)

August 16:  Sarah Marie Hughes & Coy Fish followed by “The Wizard of Oz”(1989 National Film Registry)

August 23:  DuPont Brass and VeVe & Tha Rebels (No film on this date)

Under the terms of the National Film Preservation Act, each year the Librarian of Congress names to the National Film Registry 25 motion pictures that are “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant, showcasing the range and diversity of America’s film heritage to encourage support for its preservation. The films must be at least 10 years old. The Librarian makes the annual registry selections after conferring with members of the National Film Preservation Board (NFPB) and a cadre of Library specialists. Thousands of public nominations are also considered.

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